England captain Joe Root won the toss and elected to bat first on a bright morning at the Kennington Oval in London, as England faces India in the fifth and the final Test starting on Friday, September 7, 2018. Incidentally, Root has now won all the tosses in this series.

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England 332 & 20/0 * (9.3 ov)

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England 198/7 - day 1

England won the toss and bat first

England is leading the five-match Test series 3-1, and have already won the series.

England started the series with a bang, winning the first two matches. India came back well winning the third Test, but England claimed the series winning the fourth Test at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

Cook to play his last Test

England decided to play an unchanged line-up from the previous match. Johnny Bairstow will return as the wicket-keeper, having not kept wickets in the last Test due to a thumb injury. In addition to this, Root, at the toss, said that Moeen Ali will continue to bat at No.3.

As reported by Cricbuzz, Root justified his decision of batting first by saying that he feels the two English spinners will come in handy later in the match.

The Oval Test will be the last appearance for the English opening batsman, Alastair Cook. The prolific batsman has played 160 Tests and scored 12,254 runs at an average of 44.89 with 32 centuries.

Vihari makes his debut as Jadeja comes in

Virat Kohli made two changes to his side from the last game. According to the Cricbuzz, Kohli after the toss said that Ravichandran Ashwin has not gained full fitness and will be replaced by Ravindra Jadeja.

Kohli also confirmed that 24-year-old Hanuma Vihari will make his Test debut.

Vihari will replace Hardik Pandya in the XI.

The Indian skipper during the toss praised Cook for his outstanding career. As the live blog on Cricbuzz suggests, Kohli said that he believes that Cook will go down as one of the greatest openers in Test Cricket.

The pitch at the Oval had a decent cover of grass on it, but there are chances that it is a bit dry inside. Though there was bright sun at the time of the toss, it was quite a cold morning.

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